Longtime Lake volunteer Vomacka aims for council

Lorna Vomacka is taking her first crack at a seat on Lake Cowichan town council.

Her dad, Garth Sims, is a local businessman and former councillor himself so "I always talk politics," she said.

Vomacka enjoys a challenge. Some recent ones have included trying to do something about derelict buildings in her town and serving two successive grad committees as treasurer.

There has been some movement on the derelict building front, with one eyesore near the high school already gone.

And she’s been able to convince the grad groups to donate any extra money in their funds to go to important causes in Lake Cowichan.

Two years ago a decision was made to make a big grad committee donation to a solid legacy project at Saywell Park.

"That way they can come back in 10 years and see it," she said.

This past year, it was helping a fellow grad.

"There’s a young fellow in this class and he’s been with these students since kindergarten. Can you imagine when they have a reunion, the look on their faces when they see him walking in with a new pair of lungs, knowing they contributed to that surgery? Give it back where it’s needed is what I keep telling people," she said.

But there’s more. She’s seen that complaining about needing change in town isn’t enough.

"I realized it was time to get in there." Vomacka has talked to quite a few movers and shakers around town; they’ve urged her to run.

"Slowly it just kept snowballing with seniors, business groups and other people urging me. They must see something that I’m not seeing in myself."

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